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Tsunamis - Tsunamis Table of Contents     1 Introduction:     2 Impact to human life:     3 Impact to Non-human life:     4 Impact to the Environment:     7 Impact to the Economy:     8 American Red Cross Assistance:     9 Conclusion:     13 Bibliography:     14 Introduction: A massive Tsunami (Japanese for “Harbor wave”) had hit southern Asia the day after Christmas 2004. The cause of the Tsunami was an offshore earthquake that results in the tectonic plates being displaced and the creation of a vertical shift in the ocean floor....   [tags: Tsunamis Natural Disasters Nature Essays]
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Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Flooding - ... This hurricane caused eighty-two deaths and $17.4 billion in damages. Winds got up to one hundred thirty-eight miles per hour, and the storm surge reached twenty feet. The rain from the hurricane brought ten inches. Hurricanes can effect agriculture by drowning crops and sometimes even tearing them from the ground. If they are drowned they can’t be eaten anymore, and if they are torn from the ground and the crops weren’t fully developed the farmer is out of money. Another way hurricanes can effect agriculture when the plants are killed off the herbivores won’t have food to eat....   [tags: tsunamis, tornatoes, hurricanes]
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Physics of Tsunamis - Physics of Tsunamis This paper will discuss the physics and warning systems of tsunamis, a destructive wave force that researchers have been studying for many years. Tsunamis are different than tides or surface waves because undersea earthquakes, instead of winds or the gravitational pull of the moon or sun, generate them. They can reach speeds of up to 700 kilometers per hour but can be undetected until they reach shallow water, then unexpectedly arise as deadly waves. Tsunamis evolve from three physical processes, which are generation, propagation, and inundation of dry land....   [tags: Tsunamis Weather Essays]
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Tsunamis - Environmental Science Tsunamis A tsunami (soo-NAH-mee) is a series of waves that occur in an ocean or other large body of water and that are caused by some activity that displaces big amounts of water. Tsunami is the Japanese word for "harbor wave." Earthquakes that occur on the seafloor or in coastal areas usually cause tsunamis. The energy generated by the earthquake is transmitted through the water. In deep oceans the energy in these seismic sea waves can travel virtually unnoticed because the wave height may be only twelve inches....   [tags: essays research papers] 1121 words
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Physics of Tsunamis - Tsunamis are waves, or series of waves, created by a disturbance in the ocean. Most of the time this disturbance is by an earthquake but can be from meteorites, landslides, or even explosions. They are sometimes known as tidal waves but this is a misnomer because tsunamis have nothing to do with tides. While tsunamis are feared particularly in light of the December 26th tsunami, the physics behind them is fascinating. One the largest tsunamis in recent history was the Cascadia tsunami in 1700. This occured when two continental plates (stretching from Vancouver to California) slipped causing a 9.0 magnitude earthquake....   [tags: physics tsunami] 974 words
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God and Tsunamis - Argument: Premises: 1.God exists, is omnipotent, omniscient, and wholly good 2.The tsunami caused people to suffer 3.An omniscient and omnipotent good being prevents any suffering that it can properly eliminate(that is, eliminate any suffering without eliminating an outweighing good or bringing about a greater evil)that it knows about 4.An omnipotent being has the power to prevent anything 5.An omniscient being is all knowing 6.The tsunami did not bring about good ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Conclusion: God should have prevented the tsunami The premises listed above are plausible because they support the conclusion.....   [tags: Philosophy, Argumentative, Natural Disasters] 320 words
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Indonesia an Island Nation, No Stranger to Disastrous Earthquakes - ... focuses on this region which is the capital of Western Sumatra where devastation was immense. Often the questions we are faced with are what are the physical parameters which contribute to a certain natural disaster, what makes a coastal region more susceptible to tsunamis, earthquakes, and flooding. A study conducted by H. TH. Verstappen, found that Indonesia’s horizontal configuration and vertical dimensions of landforms are tectonically unstable and was a result of plate tectonics (197). According to a study completed by the Earthquake Investigation Committee of the Technical Council of Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, whose research of the September 30th, 2009 earthquake that occurred at 5:16 pm (Indonesia time UTC/GMT+7) equivalent to Vancouver 2:16 am (Canada time UTC/GMT-8), their study found that shortly after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake which shook the west coast of Sumatra which was 60 km away from the city of Padang, an aftershock recorded at a magnitude of 6.2 shook within 22 minutes of the initial rupture, this of course caused much chaos and infrastructural damage (1)....   [tags: Tsunamis and typhoons, java]
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Tsunami - Tsunamis, commonly called tidal waves by the general public, are large sea waves or surges. These waves can carry a lot of energy from one side of the globe to the other, reeking havoc where ever they make landfall, and as shown by the December 26, 2004 SE Asian event, tsunami's can claim thousands of lives and cause millions of dollars worth of damage to property. * Many people picture large, breaking waves when they hear the word tsunami. This is usually not the case, however. * Most tsunamis make landfall as little more than a gigantic surge, as if the tide just moved in way too far way too fast....   [tags: physics tsunami] 693 words
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The Cause and Effect of the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004 - The Cause and Effect of the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004 The tsunami in Thailand that occurred on December 26, 2004, was by far the largest tsunami catastrophe in human history. It was triggered by a magnitude 9.1-9.3 earthquake along the Indian-Australian subduction zone off the northern coast of Sumatra. The tsunami waves traveled primarily in the east to west direction and caused major damage along the coasts of southern Thailand. Unpredictably, it was a violent earthquake beneath the sea that initiated the massive waves and struck more than a dozen countries in Southern Asia....   [tags: Natural Disaster, Tsunami] 2123 words
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Tsunami - ... After the Hakuho Nanakai earthquake, a large tsunami hit Japan. It brought destruction upon the country of Tosa on the island of Shikoku. The official buildings, the houses of farmers and the shrines were all buried under water. More than 50,000 of Tosa’s cultivated lands inundated and turned into sea. As a consequence many people and animals fell victim to the tsunami and only few survived, yet most got severely injured when their ships sank and got destroyed by the strong waves (Cartwright and Nakamura 152)....   [tags: Coastal Issues, Wave Energy]
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Tsunami - Tsunami A tsunami is a large water wave that is generated by sesmic activity in or underlying layers known as faults. These enormous wave have historically affected many ways of life and still lie as a major factor for destruction in our coastal communities throughout the world. A tsunami is a wave chain or series of waves that is generated in a body of water by sea disturbance that vertically displaces the water. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic activity and even cosmic materials can generate tsunamis and or tidal waves....   [tags: Papers] 334 words
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Tsunami - I think that every author has a purpose and reason behind there writing. Most of it was to make aware of the catastrophe, damage and affect that the tsunami and earthquake had on the nations that it hit. Also some of the information in the articles was to make aware of the efforts other nations were doing to help those affected. Other articles explained the origin of such catastrophes. For example, one article explains how many years of built up strain on 2 faults in the, what is known as the Sumatra Subduction Zone, suddenly slipped past each other creating an earthquake....   [tags: essays research papers] 630 words
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Tsunami Disaster - When the tsunami disaster occurred, the whole world felt the devastation. People from all over the world offered their support and sent money to help victims. Their helping hands were appreciated by thousands and blessed the hearts of families. Instead of saying that different parts of the world should deal with their own problems, everyone made other countries problems their own. The tsunami caused astronomical numbers of damage towards the United States. This massive impact of the tsunami was attributed by devastating earthquakes, debris flowing through landslides, and lava erupting volcanoes....   [tags: essays research papers] 367 words
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Consequences of the Tsunami in Japan 2011 - ... People were seen speeding away from the incoming water, and scurrying to escape the rivers that their streets were becoming. From higher grounds, videos were taken of the incoming waves. Houses were engulfed, furniture floating along through murky water, passing the occasional stop sign and traffic light. The murky water washed over the city, regardless of what, or even who it dragged along in its path. It seemed unreal how a town can be devastated in less time than it takes to brush and floss your teeth....   [tags: natural disasters, tsunami, earthquake]
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American Tsunami: Are we Next? - American’s Tsunami, Are we Next. The word tsunami comes from a Japanese word meaning “Long harbor waives”. Tsunami is much known and very common in Japan because thousands of Japanese have been killed and some suffered in recent centuries. Tsunami waves generally speaking cause a lot of damages such as, killing people, destroying building, and costing million of dollars. Moreover, a tsunami is a series of great sea waves caused by an underwater earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that is located on epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, is actually one of the worst disasters in the history of Indian Ocean that generated by the most powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake....   [tags: Earth Science] 541 words
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Tsunami Hazards And Mitigation In Canada - Introduction Tsunamis are not very common natural disasters, but the fact that they can occur without warning makes it worth to try and find out what are the hazards associated with them. This paper will try to first define tsunamis, determine what are the hazards associated with them (especially in Canada) and give some examples of mitigation that can be used to prevent life loss during tsunamis. What is a Tsunami. Tsunamis are series of waves, generated by earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, explosions, or even impact of cosmic bodies, that travel across the ocean and have extremely long wavelengths....   [tags: Natural Disaster Canada] 1238 words
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A Tsunami in Santa Cruz - A Tsunami in Santa Cruz Out of all the natural disasters that we talk about in class, the most deadly would have to be a Tsunami. Compared to earthquakes, Tsunamis have cause more deaths since 1945. A Tsunami is likely to strike anywhere on the west coast, including Santa Cruz in California – United States – North America – 36:58:24N 122:02:09W. A Tsunami is a giant “wave” of water that is caused by a sudden shift in the sea floor. The wave is a result of the water attempting to regain its equilibrium, which is driven by gravity....   [tags: Papers] 464 words
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Tsunami disaster, implication on economy - TSUNAMI DISASTER, WHAT IMPLICATION ON ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THIS REGION. We view with awe a release of power on this scale. We know that this power is greater than that of our species — nature holds us in its hands. We may be able to mitigate some of the consequences; in some cases we may be able to give advance warning of the threat; but we are not in control; the tsunami has demonstrated this ancient truth. William Rees-Mogg INTRODUCTION 1. On the morning of December 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.3 earthquake struck off the Northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Devastated Asia - Tsunami Attack - (Based on the December 26th attack) What Are Tsunamis, and What Causes Them. Tsunamis are ocean waves produced by earthquakes or underwater landslides. The word is Japanese and means "harbor wave," because of the devastating effects these waves have had on low-lying Japanese coastal communities. A tsunami is a series of waves that can travel at speeds averaging 450 (and up to 600) miles per hour in the open ocean. As the waves approach the coast, their speed decreases and their amplitude increases....   [tags: essays research papers] 695 words
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The Macro-Economic Consequences Of The Tsunami In South-Eastern Asia - The Macro-Economic Consequences Of The Tsunami In South-Eastern Asia During the course of this essay I will illustrate the macro-economic consequences of the catastrophic tsunami that hit South-Eastern Asian coastlines in December 2004. The Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that occurred on December 26, 2004. The earthquake generated a tsunami that was among the deadliest disasters in modern history. At a magnitude of 9.0, it was the largest earthquake since 1964. The earthquake originated in the Indian Ocean, off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia....   [tags: Ecomonics Economy Tsunami Essays] 1668 words
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The Tsunami Disaster - The Tsunami Disaster At 0059 GMT on 26 December 2004, a magnitude 9.3 earthquake ripped apart the seafloor off the coast of northwest Sumatra. Over 100 years of accumulated stress was released in the second biggest earthquake in recorded history. It unleashed a devastating tsunami that travelled thousands of kilometres across the Indian Ocean, taking the lives of nearly 300,000 people in countries as far apart as Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Somalia....   [tags: Papers] 876 words
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Sumartran Tsunami - On December 26, 2004 a wave of destruction hit the coasts along the Indian Ocean, affecting lives all over the world. Not only did this disaster bring about a world wide relief effort, but caused a reevaluation of the lack of warning systems in place for many regions threatened by seismic activity and potential devastating coastal impact of seafloor earthquakes. Six months later, information abounds in text, television, and periodicals for any lay person to research. The diversity of perspective is another matter....   [tags: essays research papers] 1475 words
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Australia and the World Tsunami Essay - Australia & The World Tsunami essay The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Asian region was a devastating event for the Region and the World alike and will go down in history as one of the worst widespread events the World has seen in recent years. In Australia it also had a great significance not only for the devastating Australian lives lost at such a significant time of year (Christmas) but also for the immediate and massive aid in which Australia provided proving its close ties with South East Asia and more specifically a closer relationship with Indonesia due to its significant share of that aid given to the region....   [tags: World History] 1191 words
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The Tsunami - The tides came crashing through, eliminating everything that came in their way. We were like little ants scurrying around looking for our home, a shelter, anything that would protect us from the savage tide that wanted to wipe us off of the face of the earth. It was too late for the people on the beach; they had already been taken prisoner, drowned forever in their tears of sorrow and fear. It didn’t feel like it would be much longer before I was shackled and chained up as well....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 1797 words
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Earthquake in Japan - ... The third and final reason of the disaster was that the cooling systems at multiple nuclear power plants failed. At Fukushima, a nuclear power plant in Sendai, Japan, the radioactive rods began to overheat due to the absence of water, which cools it. Explosions occurred at three of the reactors, which spewed radiation into the air (“Comparing nuclear power plant crises”). In conclusion, the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant issues were the causes of the disaster in Japan, but they also had a myriad of effects....   [tags: Natural Disasters, Tsunami] 726 words
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Earthquake: Shaky Colonialism - ... He begins in Chapter One with the explanation of the main points that will be discussed within the book. Chapter Two discusses the people of Lima’s reasons as to why they believed and feared this tragedy was caused by God’s fury. Chapter Three describes the divisions within the area, such as racial groups found around the city, and the previous boundaries that began to fade throughout the reconstruction. Chapter Four and Chapter Five proceed to illustrate the disorder and lack of control that began and the resistance the Spanish crown experienced by both the elites and the lower classes in rebuttal of the forms of the new construction and management of the church....   [tags: natural disaster, tsunami, Peru]
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Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes: Fukushima - ... This is a little disturbing if you think about how easily America, your home could be destroyed. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), there are annual checks if the plant is within its licensing regulations. The limit of power levels is 2,000,000 watts (Dolgan, 2013). Inspections include emergency preparedness, maintenance and surveillance activities, organizational structure, design and design control, operational activities, fuel handling, and qualifications and responsibilities....   [tags: nuclear power, Tsunami, Japan]
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Japan, After the Tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake - ... Welcoming roughly 8 million visitors annually, Japan’s tourism sector has been affected by the devastating events with many airlines reducing routes to the country and 75% of booked accommodations being cancelled in the month of March according to Japan. The country’s tourism sector faces challenges; however, Japan offers great holiday destinations for the traveler, even in the wake of disaster. Described by the Japanese Prime Minister as the worst disaster since WWII to strike Japan, the country faces an uphill battle to recover damaged sectors of its economy....   [tags: Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, Hiroshima] 744 words
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There Should Have Been a Warning - Tsunamis are rare in the Indian Ocean, which has no system for detecting then and alerting those in danger. Scientists do not have the equipment to tell when an earthquake has created a tsunami. The first notice of the earthquake that anyone at the Pacific Tsunami Center received was a computer-generated image set off by seismic sensors at 2:59 p.m. on Saturday. Hawaii has warning sirens, and the weather radio network of oceanographic administration to carry tsunami warnings. Any country that has experienced a tsunami recently or that may be hit by one need some kind of warning system to protect their people....   [tags: essays research papers] 452 words
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Exploring Why Some Hazards Are Easier to Predict Than Others - Exploring Why Some Hazards Are Easier to Predict Than Others For my essay I will looking at different case studies and reasons why it appears that some hazards are easier to predict then others. There were 497 reported natural hazards that took a significant human toll - between 1974 and 1978. The last five years have seen 1,897 of them, a nearly three fold increase. Between 1974 and 1978, 195 million people were killed by such disasters or needed emergency aid; there were 1.5 billion such victims in the past five years....   [tags: Papers] 1011 words
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Avoiding Natural Disasters - Avoiding Natural Disasters Natural disasters kill more people on a global scale than wars. According to the United Nations, in the last decade alone, natural disasters have caused the deaths of more than a million people, affected 1.8 billion people in terms of loss of health, homes and livelihoods, and cost $685 billion in economic and structural damage. It is virtually impossible to prevent natural disasters such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis....   [tags: Papers] 1028 words
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Recovering From a Natural Disaster - Natural Disasters can occur anywhere at anytime. Some are more predictable than others, but they all bring hardship to everyone’s life. Examples of natural disasters are Earthquakes (Haiti 2010), Tornadoes, Tsunami, Hurricanes, Wild Fires, Winter Storms, Heat waves, Mudslides and Floods. Regardless of what kind of disaster occurs, bottom line, everyone needs to be prepared mentally and physically to deal with the aftermath. Education is the first step to prepare you to deal with any major disaster....   [tags: Natural Disasters] 1316 words
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How is This Going to Affect the Economy? - HOW IS THIS GOING TO AFFECT THE ECONOMY. On March 11 at 2:46 p.m., JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves, which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured, or missing, and millions more affected by the lack of electricity, water, and transportation....   [tags: Economics ]
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Exploring the Validity of the Statement that the Eruption of Thera Caused the Downfall of Minoan Crete - Minoan Crete was a civilization experiencing great social and economic prosperity during its zenith around the time known as Late Minoan 1 (LM 1) (Sheppard Baird 2009). However the Minoan population ended abruptly and seemingly simultaneously 430 years later, this left archaeologists and historians searching for the cause (Castleden 1990, 143). The main reason archaeologists are studying the reason for the downfall is because if a date was known, a more precise historical timescale could be produced that would give a more accurate chronology of ancient history during this time (Barber 1990, 221)....   [tags: Archeology Ancient History]
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Bermuda Triangle as a Mythical Geographic Area - Bermuda Triangle as a Mythical Geographic Area The Bermuda triangle is a mythical geographic area. It is believed to extend from the tip of Florida to Bermuda and to Puerto Rico. Over 100 planes and ships have disappeared in the last century. There are many theories about what might cause the disappearances of theses ships and planes. Scientist have come to believe that the most possible theory has something to do with the climate change such as tsunamis, hurricanes or waterspouts. The other theory is that the compasses point to the True North and not the Magnetic North....   [tags: Bermuda Triangle Geography Essays]
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Flooding - floods Thousands of years ago before people built towns and planted crops, rivers cut deep canyons and molded the continents. Often these rivers overflowed their banks and flooded the surrounding areas, depositing mineral rich silt and soil in the surrounding plains and valleys. Because of the way floods enrich soil some of the first cities were built along rivers. The most important ones grew along the Indus River in Pakistan; the Nile in Egypt; the Yellow River in China; and the Tigris and Euphrates in the Middle East....   [tags: Floods Natural Disasters essays research papers]
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Natural Devastation - Natural Devastation The largest earthquake in 40 years shifted huge geological plates beneath the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, causing a immense and abrupt displacement of millions of tons of water. Indonesia villages closest to the epicenter were swamped within minutes, while elsewhere the waves radiated outward, making landfall at speeds topping 500 mph (www.cbsnews.com). The phenomenon we call tsunami is a series of large waves of extremely long wavelength and period usually generated by a violent, impulsive undersea disturbance or activity near the coast or in the ocean....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Messina Earthquake of 1908 - Earthquakes have been recorded throughout history for thousands of years. Even before seismographs in early times, there are records and accounts of mysterious ground shaking. Earthquakes occur when rocks break along an underground fault (UPSeis, 2007). This, in return, causes vibrations through the earth which causes ground shaking. The magnitude of the shaking varies depending on how great the movement along the fault is; the greater the movement, the bigger the earthquake. Some earthquakes are huge and cause significant damage, while others are small and cause little or no damage what-so-ever....   [tags: Earthquakes]
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Volcanoes - Affects of Volcanoes The plates which are about 20 miles thick, make up the earth's crust and are a chief cause of volcanic activity. These plates are always in motion. They move very slowly, however some at times bump in to each other. These movements put a lot of pressure on the surface rock. Volcanoes obtain their energies from such movement and pressure. Volcanoes form at the boundaries of these plate where two types of movement occurs, two plates will collide with each other or the plates will move apart from each other....   [tags: essays research papers] 883 words
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Earthquakes - EARTHQUAKES Objective: To define and discuss earthquakes and its effects. Earthquakes are a major catastrophe and can be a big threat to human lives. To understand earthquakes you must have a clear definition, know its mechanisms, be able to recognize the size and dynamics and understand its effects: I. Definition of Earthquake a. Earthquake b. Tsunamis c. Landslides d. Volcanoes II. Mechanism a. Faults b. Seismic Waves c. Aftershocks III. Size a. Strength b. Classification of Seismic Waves 1....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Krakatau - Krakatau Krakatau (Krakatoa), is said to have created the worst volcanic eruptions in history, in 1883. Ancient Krakatoa formed in 416 A.D. and still exists today in Indonesia. That same explosion, in 1883, created 130 feet tsunamis, which destroyed 130 coastal homes, two docks (India and Australia), and killed about 36,000 people. It created very loud sounds and was heard as far away as Madasagascar, about 3,000 miles away from Java, where Krakatau was. Some people even believe that it may have been the reason for the drop in temperature and the spectacular sunsets for the next three years....   [tags: essays research papers] 444 words
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Reasons for the Collapse of the Minoan Civilization at the End of the Bronze Age - No one can say for sure how the Minoan civilization came to an end – but a number of theories have eventuated from evidence at sites on Crete, Thera and other places in the world. I believe that a mix of natural disaster, social and political upheaval and ultimately invasion are what brought about the collapse of the Minoan Civilization. Firstly, I believe the eruption of Santorini was more powerful than first estimated, due to the presence of a shallow sea inside the Theran crater, with the volcano situated in the centre of that sea....   [tags: world history]
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Effects of the Great Kanto Earthquake in Japanese History - ... Taki Yonemura was and engineer and he sent out messages alerting people of what happened during the earthquake. Because of his messages the US was able to help the Japanese and save lives. The United States led by President Coolidge sent essentials to relieve the horror felt by the Japanese. Coolidge also led the American Red Cross to have a donation drive that gathered money, about twelve million, for the victims. But this ended shortly after when both Japan and the United States manifested allegations against one another....   [tags: Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake, Kanto]
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Speech: Global Warming is Real - Hurricanes, Tsunamis, retreating glaciers, volcanoes and cyclones. What I'm about to tell you is real and will change your life forever-so wake up and smell the roses which are now blooming in winter. Global warming is one of the biggest threats to human kind. It is caused by the raising of earths temperature in the lower atmosphere. Since the industrial revolution the temperature has gone up by 1 degree Fahrenheit of what it has averaged to be for centuries. Doesn't sound like much and your right, but for every degree it goes up already 500 feet of snow won't fall....   [tags: essays research papers] 488 words
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Fukushima Daiichi: Is it worth it? - ... 20 mSv/ yr stands for 20 milli Sieverts per year, where Sieverts are a higher reading of millirems, the standard radiation reading (Ronca, n.d.). 20mSv/ yr is the limit of exposure for children in outdoor activities. By keeping a close eye on these levels, we can scientifically improve the health of the residents in the area. If scientists continue to ensure that humans don’t enter the areas above 50 mSv/ yr, they can very effectively keep the people of Japan safe. As of April 2012, reentry to the contaminated areas was allowed for limited amounts of time and hopefully remediation action will be completed in March 2014 (World Nuclear Association, 2014, p....   [tags: nuclear energy, earthquake, japan]
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Facing a Natural Disaster - Will you ever be part of nature’s disasters. Most natural disasters can be foreseen with the aid of advanced technology, but, overall, nature’s wonders occur unexpectedly. The majority of the human population does not know what to do before, during, and after a catastrophic event. The most common questions asked are: what is it, where will it take place, when will it happen, and who will be affected. It is important to have an understanding of what natural disasters may be and what could be experienced during a time of chaos....   [tags: Natural Disaster] 1099 words
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Issues of Tempo and Mode in Evolution - There are many ways to explain how Earth and everything else came to be. Such as, Uniformitarianism, Catastrophism, Gradualism, and Punctuated Equilibrium. Generally, Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism are grouped together while Punctuated Equilibrium and Gradualism are grouped together separately from Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism. Gradualism and Punctuated Equilibrium are usually looked at through a biblical stand point rather than how Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism are looked at from the opposite view....   [tags: Evolution]
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Tambora: The Mother of All Eruptions - On April 10, 1816, the most powerful volcanic explosion in recorded history occurred. The volcano was Mt. Tambora in the Sumbawa Islands in Indonesia. The explosion measured a 7 on the volcanic explosivity index. The explosion could be heard for thousands of miles. Smaller explosions and eruptions occurred before and after the initial giant explosion. Over 71,000 people were killed. Approximately 12,000 deaths resulted directly from the explosion. The other deaths resulted from contamination of the water by volcanic ash and sulfur....   [tags: Geography ]
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Earthquakes - What is an Earthquake. An Earthquake is the shaking of the earth's surface caused by rapid movement of the earth's rocky outer layer. The sudden shaking of the ground that occurs when masses of rock change position below the Earth's surface is called an earthquake. The shifting masses send out shock waves that may be powerful enough to alter the surface of the Earth, thrusting up cliffs and opening great cracks in the ground. Earthquakes, called temblors by scientists, occur almost continuously....   [tags: essays research papers] 648 words
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